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Antony Walker - Pittsburgh Opera's "Salome" - Nov 8, 2016

Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker talks to WQED-FM's Anna Singer about Richard Strauss' score for "Salome."



Andrew Sinclair - Pittsburgh Opera's "Salome" - Nov 8, 2016

WQED-FM's Anna Singer chats with Andrew Sinclair, the stage director for Pittsburgh Opera's production of "Salome."



Eric Dzugan and Katie Manukyan - Nov 8, 2016

Eric Dzugan piano and soprano Katie Manukyan discuss the 150th birthday of Russian composer Vasily Kalinnikov which they will celebrate with a concert on Saturday November 12 2016 at the Frick Auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh 8pm.

Federico Garcia de Castro and Zoe Sorrell - Nov 8, 2016

Composer Federico Garcia de Castro celebrates 10 years of composing and music making in Pittsburgh with the ensemble Nat 28 organized by flutist Zoe Sorrell at First Unitarian Church Sunday November 13th at 5:30pm  Hear all about it!

Stacy Innerst - Nov 7, 2016

Los Angeles born Pittsburgh based illustrator Stacy Innerst has illustrated The Music in George’s Head written by Suzanne Slade and published by Calkins Creek. The book is based on the events surrounding the premiere of Gershwin’s  Rhapsody in Blue for young readers. Stacy worked for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for 15 years and still provides the design for the Sunday captioning contest. He’s published several books with music themes and is represented by a Los Angeles gallery. He reveals his route to success in the art world, tells you how to get a children’s book deal and much more in a wide ranging interview with Jim Cunningham.

Byron Janis - Nov 3, 2016

McKeesport born Byron Janis stopped by WQED-FM in between his three master classes at CMU with Mrs. Maria Cooper Janis. Topics include the Yamaha piano that enabled a lesson live between Moscow and New York, the release on a five cd Sony set of the RCA Recordings, a forthcoming live cd collection, memories of Fritz Reiner, what happens in his mater classes, working with Vladimir Horowitz and Mrs. Janis fills us in on the latest regarding her father Gary Cooper discussing his classic film High Noon and the activities of the House Un American Affairs Committee and how her Dad handled being asked to name names of Communists in Hollywood.

Roy Sonne & Leigh Mahoney - Nov 3, 2016

Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Roy Sonne played in the Pittsburgh Symphony orchestra for 28 seasons with Lorin Maazel, Andre Previn and Mariss Jansons as Music Directors. He loves to teach and continues to be a force on the music scene. Friday November 4th at 8pm at Calvary United Methodist Church 971 Beech Avenue Roy will present Reunion with his student Leigh Mahoney who now plays violin in the Austin Symphony and Opera as well as for Austin City Limits. They will both play the violin and the piano. Hear all about it and their Fritz Kreisler La Gitana and Joe Venuti’s Wild Cat recorded in the WQED-FM Bayer Broadcast Center for the Arts.